Navigation Links
Pictures Speak Louder Than Words on Cigarette Labeling

THURSDAY, Jan. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Tobacco warning labels that include graphic pictures of the health consequences of smoking are more effective than text-only warnings among all groups of smokers, according to a new study.

Researchers examined the reactions of more than 3,300 smokers to cigarette warning labels. The smokers said the warnings with graphic pictures were more credible, had a greater impact and strengthened their intention to quit, compared with text-only warnings.

The stronger impact of the pictorial warnings was similar across different racial/ethnic and socioeconomic groups, according to the study, which was published Jan. 14 in the journal PLoS One.

The findings suggest that pictorial warning labels are one of the few tobacco-control policies that can have an effect on all these groups, said Jennifer Cantrell, assistant director for research and evaluation at Legacy, a national public health foundation devoted to reducing tobacco use in the United States.

The study was funded by Legacy and conducted by researchers at Legacy and the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston.

Given that minority and poor Americans have disproportionately high rates of tobacco-related disease, "mandating strong pictorial warnings is an effective and efficient way to communicate the risk of tobacco use," study senior author Vish Viswanath, associate professor of society, human development and health at the Harvard School of Public Health, said in the news release.

Many experts have said that text-only warnings would be unlikely to be noticed or to have an impact on smokers, the researchers noted.

"Tobacco use is a social justice issue," Donna Vallone, senior vice president for research and evaluation at Legacy, said in the news release. "Given that low-income and minority communities have higher smoking rates and suffer disproportionately from tobacco's health consequences, studies like this show us that graphic warning labels can help us reach these subgroups in a more effective way, ultimately saving more lives."

More than 400,000 Americans die each year from tobacco-related diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke and emphysema.

More information

The American Cancer Society offers a guide to quitting smoking.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Harvard School of Public Health/Legacy, news release, Jan. 14, 2013

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Pictures of Fatty, Sugary Foods May Spur Cravings
2. Pictures effective in warning against cigarette smoking
3. Automated autism screening tool available on Autism Speaks website
4. Autism Speaks provides strategies to help a child with autism shows difficult behaviors
5. Author, Speaker Richard London Battles Parkinson’s with an Active Lifestyle and the Desire to Give Back
6. Author and Speaker Dr. Yvonne Corppetts to Lecture on Creating A Healthy Workplace (Emotionally)
7. Mary Rieser of Narconon Georgia Speaks Out For United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse
8. Autism Speaks creates Delivering Scientific Innovation for Autism LLC
9. An Elephant That Speaks Korean?
10. IOM President to speak at Schwartz Center Consensus Meeting Nov. 8
11. Kessler Foundations Dr. Chiaravalloti to speak at Virtual Reality Symposium at Walter Reed
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Pictures Speak Louder Than Words on Cigarette Labeling
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 27, 2015 , ... The rapid speed at which Americans ... more care is needed, especially with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive conditions becoming ... The forgotten part of this equation: 80 percent of medical care occurs in ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... The ... of USA Today in Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Minneapolis, South Florida, with a ... component is distributed nationally, through a vast social media strategy and across a ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... A simply groundbreaking television series, ... interesting show that delves into an array of issues that are presently affecting Americans. ... from open dialogue, this show is changing the subjects consumers focus on, one episode ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... ... Dr. Thomas Dunlap and Dr. Patrick Coleman , cardiologist ... Medicine at St., Joseph Health System’s Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital , co-hosted the ... ways and require time-critical intervention to avoid large area heart damage and progressive infections ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... Toronto, ON and Cambridge, ON (PRWEB) , ... ... ... announced today the availability of a real-time eReferral system for diagnostic imaging in ... CTs, ultrasounds, X-rays, mammography, BMD and Nuclear Medicine tests directly from their electronic ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... announced the addition of the  "2016 ... the European Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM) ... Competitive Intelligence, Emerging Opportunities"  report to ... ) has announced the addition of ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ) has announced ... High Viscosity Drugs" report to their offering. ... addition of the "Self Administration of High ... --> Research and Markets ( ) ... Administration of High Viscosity Drugs" report to ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 ... addition of the "Radioimmunoassay Market by ... (Hospital, Pharmaceutical Industry, Academics, Clinical Diagnostic Labs), ... Global Forecast to 2020" report to ... has announced the addition of the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: